A Ricky Rubio pass and growing trade rumors surrounding Rajon Rondo and Steve Nash are dominating the NBA Twitterverse this morning.
First, here's Rubio's throw-the-wickets assist to Nikola Pekovic. Derek Fisher is the unlucky defender:
Rondo's name, of course, has been connected to trade rumors since the offseason when the Celtics were reportedly looking into acquiring Chris Paul. ESPN Boston now reports that Rondo is again being shopped, with the Golden State Warriors a potential destination. According to the report, the Warriors and Celtics engaged in trade discussions that centered around a Rondo-for-Stephen Curry swap in December. That deal is reportedly back on the table. However, the report adds that Boston is hesitant to deal for Curry because of his ankle issues.
The Celtics' insistence on trying to deal Rondo has baffled me from the beginning of the season. Rondo has reportedly clashed with head coach Doc Rivers; I'd argue that's within reason considering the franchise's attempt to trade Rondo in the offseason. He's been terrific for the Celtics the past couple of seasons as a facilitator, and seems to be the ideal point guard to build the team around once Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are gone.
Finally, you have Nash. With Dwight Howard's Magic sticking around in the playoff race, he's less and less likely to be dealt by the day. Phoenix, meanwhile, is falling further back in the playoff race, and seems to have two options: deal one of the franchise's greatest players to a contender, or hope to keep him in Phoenix as part of a rebuilding project in the offseason.
Considering Nash's stature in the organization, the talent he possesses, and his age, it'd seem that the Suns dealing him would be the right move. He doesn't have more than a handful of seasons left, and the Suns are more than a handful of seasons away from contending. So is this Nash's call to make in the end? If he wants out, does he just have to tell management?
One possible destination, according to Mavericks beat writer Dwain Price on Twitter, is Nash's former team, Dallas. Lamar Odom is unhappy in Dallas, and a package could center around a Nash-for-Odom swap.
A Nash move to Dallas could also mean that the Nets become the favorite to land Howard in the offseason. Deron Williams' two favored destinations seem to be Dallas and the soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets. With Nash in Dallas, that could mean the Mavs are off the table. Howard, meanwhile, would be tough to coax to stay in Orlando without Nash (though there are rumors that the Magic are looking to acquire Monta Ellis with their limited resources), increasing the likelihood that he'd jet in the offseason.